Following the ring road around Lake Kivu's shores offers some amazing views and you’re likely to find a few sandy patches where you can pause to laze or to take a cooling dip – do be aware that some locals claim Lake Kivu now has bilharzia in it.

Boat Trips

Every visitor to Kibuye seems to head out onto the wide blue yonder for a boat trip around the lake. The most popular excursion is a half-day tour (boat holding 12 people around RFr50,000) taking in six of the gorgeous forested islands and islets sitting offshore of Kibuye, including the Chapeau de Napoleon, which is home to thousands of birds.

Boats for charter can be found at the water’s edge beneath the Museum of the Environment. Rates aren’t fixed and will depend on how far you wish to venture and for how long you wish to go.